My Sassy Girl is probably one of my all-time favourite movies, and yes, so much that I feel it deserves its own post on my blog.
My Sassy Girl (Korean: 엽기적인 그녀; literally, That Bizarre Girl) is a 2001 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Kwak Jae-yong. It tells the story of a man’s chance meeting with a drunk girl on the train which changes his life. It is ostensibly based on a true story posted on the internet in a series of blog posts written by Kim Ho-sik, which was later adapted into a novel. (Wikipedia – warning: has spoilers)
What I Like About My Sassy Girl:
- how its beginning and ending intertwine
- its soundtrack, which I still regularly listen to
- how it lacks what most romantic comedies have: vulgar language, crude humour and excessive nudity
- I want to point out that the two main characters don’t kiss even once throughout the movie
- how it’s not a typical Asian drama (e.g. a typical Asian drama is one where a boy meets girl, they fall in love, they fall out of love, they fall in love again, and soon-after one of them dies from a terminal illness)
- the various nuances in the movie if you really pay close attention (e.g. the “quintuplets”, the UFO, soda vs coffee in the coffee shop)
- how it makes you think about serendipity and fate
The Blog Posts
I found the original blog posts (in Korean) back in 2007 that My Sassy Girl is based on, and I made it a mini-project of mine to hunt down an English translation of all 33 chapters.
Note: I’ve heard rumours that the blog posts are fake, but I’d like to believe they are based on real events 🙂
Since 2007, I was only able to find the first 9 chapters translated to English and backed them up to my server in 2007 with a crude reminder to myself that it was only chapters 1-9:
Yesterday, I found out that during the past some 8 years, 20 more chapters have been translated! (leaving 4 chapters untranslated)
With the goal of both preserving these chapters so they are never lost and sharing them in a readable manner, I present to you the English-translated chapters of the blog posts that inspired the My Sassy Girl movie: https://www.andryou.com/2015/02/12/chapter-1-sassy-girl/ (I will proof-read them in my spare time)
It is incomplete with 29 of the 33 chapters translated to English. I’ll add the remaining 4 chapters once they are translated.
I have customized my WordPress theme so that you can easily navigate between chapters (at the bottom of the page).
Watch the Movie
If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend that you watch My Sassy Girl (2001)! I’ll be rewatching it over this weekend 🙂
Note: I absolutely refuse to watch the 2008 American adaptation of My Sassy Girl.